Hey, what the actual fuck is going on? December has been popping off in a way I wasn’t entirely prepared for in regards to game releases. It’s borderline irresponsible how many really good games have come out this month. See, traditionally game releases slow the hell down once Black Friday passes us by, but this year isn’t playing by the rules. Let’s go ahead and take a quick gander at some of things I’m talking about.
Just Cause 4 (12/04/18)
Just Cause 4 came out to a pretty mixed reception, but it’s still worth mentioning. What’s more interesting about this is that Just Cause 3 also pulled this stunt 3 years ago on December 1st.
I wrote about Ashen and how updates about it were oddly silent. Turns out, it just wanted to surprise everyone with a surprise launch at The Game Awards this year. While I’ve been pretty excited to play it in the past, I’m finding it hard to get excited about it the more I see of it.
Katamari Damacy Reroll (12/07/18)
Katamari Damacy got a remaster this month, which while it isn’t a new game technically, it’s still a fucking awesome game that is worth playing. It’s definitely one that’s fun to zone out with.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (12/07/18
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest Smash Bros. fan, but it’s still a really novel game in my eyes. There’s something wonderful about getting all of these Nintendo properties fighting each other alongside some other notable characters from across the gaming landscape. There’s something cozy about Smash, that is until you take even the slightest of peeks into the competitive scene. That place is a nightmare.
This isn’t a joke. DayZ is a real game and not just the prime example of why early access is a dangerous bet. I have zero interest in playing DayZ nor have I looked up anything about it, but I’m just amazed it exists at all.
GRIS does the thing that I like where it looks fucking awesome. I’m a sucker for style and GRIS is oozing with it to an unhealthy degree. While some of the footage I saw about it made the platforming seem a little stiff, I’m still more than willing to give it a shot. It’s a puzzle-platformer too, which is also kind of my jam.
As if DayZ coming out wasn’t enough of a sign of impending apocalypse in 2019, Below actually releasing should definitely tip you off. Like, I had no idea what Below was before it released, and even now that it’s out I’m pretty unclear. I think it’s a rogue-like experience, but I can’t say for certain. I’d say I’m going to give it shot, but I genuinely don’t know if I’ll ever get around to it.
2018 has been an unruly year that just wont end. I’d say that this was it for games, but apparently stealth releases are in vogue this month and maybe tomorrow Half Life 3 will just appear on Steam. Who fucking knows anymore? Knock it off 2018, go to bed already.